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Rossini Gioacchino

Rossini, Gioacchino (1792-1868), composer, was born near Bologna, and commenced his musical career as a chorister. His intense love of music led to his unremitting study of it, and he produced at an early age some very creditable works. In 1813 he brought out his Tancredi at Venice, and this opera was received with tremendous enthusiasm. Three years later appeared in Rome his II Barbiere di Siviglia, also a great success. In 1821 he married, and left Italy in 1823 to go to Paris and London. He became director of the Opera in Paris, but neglected his duties and lost the post. Guiliaume 'Tell appeared in 1829, and was followed at intervals by his Semiramide.Mose in Egitto, and La Donna del Logo. He returned to Italy in 1836 and settled in his native place, but left it finally in 1855 for Paris, where he died. Besides some admirable operas, he has left to posterity his beautiful Slabat Mater, so well known to music-lovers.